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In a message dated 7/22/2004 2:06:10 AM Central Daylight Time,
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Not at all. It is seldom that more than one or two go out at a time.
They simply have a couple of communal pairs of shoes. If any sister has
unusually big feet, she doesn't get to go out.
Surely you jest. In most Poor Clare communities (depending on whether they
are Colletine or not) there are choir sisters who never go out and extern
sisters who do go out to do the business of the community. For a bit on this, the
Cath. Encyc. below:
Discalced
(Lat. dis, without, and calceus, shoe).
A term applied to those religious congregations of men and women, the members
of which go entirely unshod or wear sandals, with or without other covering
for the feet. These congregations are often distinguished of this account from
other branches of the same order. The custom of going unshod was introduced
into the West by St. Francis of Assissi for men and St. Clare for women. After
the various modificiations of the Rule of St. Francis, the Observantines
adhered to the primitative custom of going unshod, and in this they were followed by
the Minims and Capuchins. The Discalced Franciscans or Alcantarines, who
prior to 1897 formed a distinct branch of the Franciscan Order went without
footwear of any kind. The followers of St. Clare at first went barefoot, but later
came to wear sandals and even shoes. The Colettines and Capuchin Sisters
returned to the use of sandals. Sandals were also adopted by the Camaldolese monks
of the Congregation of Monte Corona (1522), the Maronite Catholic monks, the
Poor Hermits of St. Jerome of the Congregation of Bl. Peter of Pisa, the
Augustinians of Thomas of Jesus (1532), the Barefooted Servites (1593), the Discalced
Carmelites (1568), the Feuillants (Cistercians, 1575), Trinitarians (1594),
Mercedarians (1604), and the Passionists. (See FRIARS MINOR)

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